Genital Herpes

Infection with the herpes simplex virus, commonly known as herpes, can be due to either herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral to oral contact and cause infection in or around the mouth (oral herpes). However, HSV-1 can also be transmitted to the genital area through oral-genital contact to cause genital herpes.

HSV-2 is almost exclusively sexually transmitted, causing infection in the genital or anal area (genital herpes).

Most infected people are unaware that they have the infection. 

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